In this feed I will share interesting news, articles, books and video's about UI UX web design, Design Systems, Drupal, new media and technology.
An interessting technique which uses system fonts instead of external webfonts.
- Fonts are directly loaded so quicker and more sustainable
- Uniform user experience as the font is similar to font used by the device
- System fonts have a broad range of style and unicode compared to webfonts
SVG illustrations have the future. They are the lightweight (less KB) alternative to images and videos meaning they will load quicker and waste less bandwidth making them more sustainable. You can also do very cool things with them as portrayed by Smashing Magazine.
Is Google dying? According to dkb.io it is. Because of Ads (increasingly more) and SEO (quality of SERP deteriorates). People are adding reddit to their search to get more 'human' results. I caught myself doing this as well lately.
What needs to be in your Design System? Brad Frost argues that a Design System is meant for User Interfaces. If we're talking about branding, tone of voice, content, performance, persona's etc. it only gets a place in a Design System as it pertains to User Interfaces.
Figma is not your Design System, according to Robin Rendle. The front-end is your source of truth. And I have to agree. Nothing works better than just building components in HTML/CSS giving the best insight in how components will eventually work in the wild.
Want to remember what you learned while reading? The moment you close a book most of the learned knowledge is gone. Not if you use Readwise. It will send you a daily digest with of all the highlights you've made. Easily worth the $4.49 a month.
Nathan Baschez makes an observation about how (web) design is evolving from using photo's to illustrations. High quality photo's are (now) cheap where creating costly custom illustrations/animations signals the organisation is wealthy and fit to survive.
"Quirky and minimalist interfaces don’t make users feel awesome — obvious, inclusive, and robust interfaces do." Adam Silver in Form Design Patterns
The Future of (web) fonts? Google just released Roboto Flex, a customizable web font. There are 12 different ways to tweak it, like thickness, stroke width and case heights. Try it out.
Do you really need to show a progress indicator above your form? Maybe not as GOV.UK found out when omitting it didn't result in any chance concerning completion rate and time.
The next big thing in web design will be sustainable websites. If you want to dive in right now read Sustainable Web Design by Tom Greenwood.
What is the best font for online reading? Unfortunately no definitive answer but still, some great new insights worth checking out.
Every designer should read 'Ruined by Design' by Mike Monteiro. It explains how we, designers, have to question everything we (are asked to) design.